Mary Ada Shealy Amick, age 96, wife of the late Odis Leroy Amick, was born in Little Mountain, South Carolina, November 18, 1920, and lived in Columbia, South Carolina, before moving back to Little Mountain. She lived in Newberry, SC, at Springfield Place since 2009 and spent the past three years in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She passed away on December 24, 2016.
Services for Mary Ada Amick will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 29, at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, 816 Mt. Tabor Road, Little Mountain, SC. Funeral arrangements are being coordinated by Poulson Van Hise (Lawrenceville) and McSwain-Evans (Newberry) Funeral Homes. Family and friends may visit her children and grandchildren just prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall.
Mary Ada was the daughter of the late William David Shealy and the late Bera Fulmer Shealy. She is survived by daughter, Brenda Riley of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and daughter, Vivian (Andy) Howard of Concord, North Carolina; sisters Geneva Gray of Martinez, Georgia, Caroline Frick of Little Mountain and Birdie (Sam) Frick of Little Mountain. She was predeceased by her beloved brother and childhood best friend, William Ray Shealy of Little Mountain.
She is beloved grandmother to Lee (Theresa) Riley of Robbinsville, New Jersey, Alison (Mike) Riley Miller of Brunswick, Maine, Drew (Maggie) Howard of Kannapolis, North Carolina and Kathleen (Michael) Howard Poorman of Jasper, Georgia. “Granny” loved visits from her great grandchildren: Timmy, Brady, Ethan and Emily Riley; Hannah and Wren Miller and Annabelle Poorman.
She leaves behind three special friends, who during the past three years in Lawrenceville helped Brenda and Vivian with visits, games and other daily activities: Karen Henkel, Jean McGraw and Camille Lombard. She is beloved by the Grace Garden nurses and caregivers, who loved and cared for her as they would for their own mothers.
A graduate of Little Mountain High School and the Columbia Hospital School of Nursing, she was employed for a number of years as the Supervisor of the Emergency Rooms and of the Out-Patient Clinics at Columbia Hospital. She retired from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and spent the next years traveling with Leroy and caring for her mother, Bera, and her aunt, Marie.
Mary Ada was active in St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and later in Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, serving in the Ladies Aid Society and the Lutheran Church Women. She was given a lifetime membership in the Women’s Auxiliary of the Lutheran Seminary. She served on various committees and was active in the Young at Heart Group. Mary Ada helped prepare countless meals throughout her membership in the churches in South Carolina.
She was an accomplished musician, playing the piano and organ for school and church events, and she was a singer. Leroy, who called her “the apple of his eye,” said that he first noticed Mary Ada as she played piano for school assemblies and fell “head over heels” in love with her. She instilled in her children the love of music. Mary Ada was a loving wife, daughter and mother and had a sweetness and quick wit that never left her, even as she struggled with Alzheimer’s. She approached the end of her life in the same manner in which she lived it, with strength, resilience, dignity, faith, grace and generosity. And, whatever trials life dealt her, she accepted them and made the best of it.
Memorials in her memory may be made to the Morris Hall Employee Appreciation Fund, 1 Bishops Drive, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648; the Mt. Tabor Lift Fund or Sound System Fund, 816 Mt. Tabor Road, Little Mountain, South Carolina 29075, or to the charity of choice.
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